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UK weather review: May 2018

May was warmer than average for most places of the UK. At the beginning of the month an unsettled westerly regime brought rain south-eastwards. Thereafter, temperatures and sunshine increased. The early-May Bank Holiday was the warmest since its introduction in 1978. Despite cooler temperatures, the second week remained dry and sunny for many parts. The second half of the month was dominated by high pressure and easterly winds bringing warm air and sunshine. However, it stayed cooler and cloudier along the east coast.

RMetS Podcast - Episode 8 - El Niño: Interview with Adam Scaife

Professor Liz Bentley sits down to interview Adam Scaife, Head of Long Rang Prediction at the Met Office and Professor at Exeter University, about the El Niño and La Niña, the largest seasonal fluctuation in the Earth's atmosphere.

After the interview Liz and Chloe discuss the two conferences that we are holding in York in July - The Atmospheric Science Conference 2018 (3rd - 4th July) and The Evolution of Science: Past, Present and Future, or conference for Students and Early Career Scientists.

What is El Niño - Southern Oscillation? theWeather Club Fri, 08/06/2018 - 09:53

What is El Niño? 

The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a large-scale climatic phenomenon that originates in the tropical Pacific but affects global climate patterns. The warm phase is known as El Niño and the cold phase is La Niña. El Niño occurs irregularly every two to seven years and peaks around in winter. 

What causes an El Niño event?

From -30 °C to + 30 °C within one day theWeather Club Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:25

by Caroline Coch

Everybody knows that while there is winter in the northern hemisphere, it remains warm near sea level in the tropics. I have always been aware of this – but experiencing this climate difference within one day was truly fascinating.

Study finds link between antibiotic resistance and temperature increase theWeather Club Tue, 05/06/2018 - 13:45

Antibiotics are widely used in both animals and humans to treat bacterial infection. This use (and often overuse) has caused bacteria to evolve and develop resistances against the treatment, posing great risks for human health globally.

Tropical Cyclones Sagar and Mekunu hitting the Middle East

Two tropical storms affected the Middle East in the past weeks. Cyclone Sagar developed in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia on May, 16. It caused heavy rains and flash flooding after hitting Djibouti on May, 19. A total of 110 mm of rain was recorded on May 19-20, which corresponds to the average rainfall for the entire year. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), two people are reported to have died and between 25,000 and 50,000 people have been affected by the flooding.

World weather review: April 2018

The global surface temperatures of April 2018 were close to 0.5 °C above average compared to the reference period of 1981-2010. Although Europe was still experiencing cold, wet and windy conditions in early April, the month averaged out to be the warmest European April on record. The anomaly map below shows the temperature difference of April compared to the reference period of 1981-2010, with it notably warm over central parts of Europe.